2021 WIDE RECEIVERS - Rookies and Redshirts

Fantasy4um is back! Get ready for this year's draft with 2021’s fantasy football rookie and second year running backs.  Value picks, keepers, and sleepers to be had!

Round 1, Pick 5, 5th overall (Cincinnati Bengals): Ja’marr Chase, WR, Louisiana State University
24 games played
RECEIVING: 107 receptions, 2093 yards, 19.6 yards per catch (ypc), 23TD
RUSHING: 1 attempt, 5 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 0TD

Justin Jefferson was just one half of a WR duo that made Joe Burrow the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  Ja’marr Chase is the other half of that duo.  Chase is a tough, physical wideout and dynamic pass catcher who can catch it in traffic or use his 41” vertical to get up and win contested catches.  He runs all the routes, can catch it anywhere on the field, and he’s a natural hands catcher who makes great adjustments to underthrown or overthrown passes and win contested catches.  He can use his 4.38 40 speed and play strength to pick up a lot of extra yards after the catch and house it.  Defenders who catch up to him in the open field have a tough time bringing him down.  Sometimes he has trouble uncovering during his routes, but he can use his hands and physicality to release and uncover at the line.  While Devonta Smith is arguably a better route runner, Chase has the size and toughness to take the hits, stay on his feet and get in the endzone.  He reunites with his former LSU quarterback in Cincinnati and will help Burrow build on his success as a rookie.  Burrow can check it down to Chase and just let him make plays in the open field or he can use his big arm to deliver some downfield passes.  Chase instantly gives the Bengals one of the best receiving duos in the league and he can be taken as high as the 4th round especially in PPR leagues.  

Round 1, Pick 6, 6th overall (Miami Dolphins): 
Jaylen Waddle, WR, University of Alabama
34 games played
RECEIVING: 106 receptions, 1999 yards, 18.9 yards per catch (ypc), 17TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 17 yards, 4.3 yards per carry, 0TD

Waddle is an electric weapon.  It’s his elite speed combined with his route running and catch ability that really separate him from the rest of the receivers and returners in his class.  He has a career average of 19 yards per catch and over 21 yards per catch during his final year at Alabama.  He can take the top off of any defense and is a home run threat any time he has the ball in his hands.  Sure, Ja’marr Chase and DeVonta Smith are better route runners, but there’s no need to be so technical with his routes especially with Waddle’s elite speed.  His signal callers can hit him on a hitch, quick slant or crossing route in the open field and he can turn on the jets and house it.  He also runs with incredible vision which helps him see gaps develop and know when to cut it back. He’s also a stout and well built which makes him tough to bring down if any defenders manage to catch him.

Round 1, Pick 10, 10th overall (Philadelphia Eagles): 
DeVonta Smith, WR, University of Alabama
47 games played
RECEIVING: 235 receptions  3965 yards, 16.9 yards per catch (ypc), 46TD
RUSHING: 4 attempts, 6 yards, 1.5 yards per carry, 1TD

Let’s start with the accolades.  DeVonta Smith won the Biletnikoff award for best NCAA receiver in the country and he took it a step further by winning the Heisman Trophy which made him the best player in NCAA football.  He was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman since Desmond Howard won it in 1991.  He’s also a 2 time national champion with Alabama.  Smith is without a doubt the best receiver in this year’s class.  His twitchy, technical route running, release, footwork, and his ritual of 100 catches from the jugs machine after every practice have combined to make him the best of the best.  He can climb the ladder and high point the ball or use massive catch radius and natural hands to rip the ball out of its flight path.  The only knock on Smith could be his size.  At 6’0”, 175lbs, he’s a bit undersized for the NFL.  Then again, former Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley has made it work for years at the pro level and he’s a similar height and weight to Smith.  Nevertheless, Smith used his toughness and elusiveness to make his size a non-factor.  As an added bonus, Smith helped handle return duties his senior year as well.  Smith is an upgraded Jerry Jeudy.

Round 1, Pick 20, 20th overall (New York Giants): 
Kadarius Toney, WR, University of Florida
38 games played
RECEIVING: 120 receptions, 1590 yards, 13.3 yards per catch (ypc), 12TD
RUSHING: 66 attempts, 580 yards, 8.8 yards per carry, 2TD

Kadarius Toney posted a 4.39 40 and a 39” vertical at 5’11”, 193lbs for his pro day.  Believe it or not, stocky slot receiver plays a lot faster and a lot stronger than his numbers indicate.  Opponents have made the mistake of underestimating him because of his small size and Toney has made them all pay.  He’s a great route runner who can play both inside and outside the numbers.  He has good hands, he’s explosive and tough to bring down after the catch.  His twitch and elusiveness help him pick up important yards after the catch and he helped catapult an otherwise relatively ordinary Kyle Trask into the top 3 rounds of the NFL draft.  He’s a weapon that could get involved with the New York Giants’ offense early and often.  Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram have struggled to stay healthy and Golladay has only played one complete 16-game season in his career.  That means Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney could be heavily relied upon down the stretch of an extended 17-game season.  Toney is an excellent middle to late round flier.  

UPDATE: Toney has missed 2 preseason games with an undisclosed injury according to head coach Joe Judge. 

Round 1, Pick 27, 27th overall (Baltimore Ravens): 
Rashod Bateman, WR, University of Minnesota
31 games played
RECEIVING: 147 receptions, 2395 yards, 16.3 yards per catch (ypc), 19TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0.0 yards per carry, 0TD

Bateman is a problem for opposing defenses.  He can physically impose his will on opposing defensive backs which means he can use his hands to get off the line in press coverage and he can easily win 50/50 balls.  He knows how to climb the ladder, high-point the ball, and win contested catches.  His ball skill and ability to adjust to poorly thrown passes help set him apart.  He’s just a tough, competitive wideout who will fight for the ball and make the catch no matter what.  Bateman is also a good route runner with 4.4 speed and decent agility.  He uses his burst, speed and vision in the open field to outrun defenders and stay upright.  He’s also tough to bring down.  He doesn’t have elite speed or route running, but his size and catch ability will certainly help make him a valuable red zone target and a new best friend for any young signal caller.  Really the only problem here is he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.  Greg Roman uses an offense that has a lot of designed runs for Lamar and his offensive backfield.  The Ravens drafted Miles Boykin who has a similar size and skill set to Bateman and Boykin has struggled for the duration of his career in Baltimore.  Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has been streaky at best.  Lamar is a running back who occasionally throws the ball.  Bateman could be buried behind Boykin and Brown on the depth chart.  He can be left on the wire in all drafts and formats and he probably won’t see the field unless Brown, Boykin, and Mark Andrews are all injured.

UPDATE: Bateman could miss a number of weeks after undergoing groin surgery during the preseason.

Round 2, Pick 2, 34th overall (New York Jets): 
Elijah Moore, WR, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
31 games played
RECEIVING: 189 receptions, 2441 yards, 12.9 yards per catch (ypc), 16TD
RUSHING: 21 attempts, 71 yards, 3.4 yards per carry, 0TD

Moore follows the footsteps of previous Ole Miss receivers AJ Brown and DK Metcalf.  The stout slot receiver is a good route runner with natural hands.  He often catches it in traffic on short and intermediate routes, but he does just as well tracking the ball and bringing in deep passes.  While he’s not as shifty as Rondale Moore, he’s arguably a more polished receiver, he runs a blistering 4.35 40, and he doesn’t come with Rondale’s injury concerns.  He played more quality opponents in arguably the toughest conference which should help him at the pro level.  While Elijah Moore can do everything required of a wideout in the NFL, his size could keep him from being a threat outside the numbers.  Still, what he lacks in size, he makes up for in shiftiness, explosiveness, and an ability to make plays after the catch.  The Jets drafted Denzel Mims in the first round last year and added former Titans first rounder Corey Davis, but Moore is actually the perfect fit in the Jets new offensive system.  Mike LaFleur uses Kyle Shanahan’s offense which relies on a lot of quick, short passes and relies on his receivers to make plays after the catch with the ball in their hands.  Moore did this a lot during his college career.  He could be targeted early and often by his rookie signal caller, Zach Wilson.  Moore is an excellent late round flier but he could go as early as the middle rounds in PPR leagues.  

UPDATE: Elijah Moore suffered a quad injury during practice and has missed preseason games and practices, but head coach Robert Saleh is not concerned about his status for week one.

Round 2, Pick 17, 49th overall (Arizona Cardinals): 
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue University
20 games played
RECEIVING: 178 receptions, 1915 yards, 10.8 yards per catch (ypc), 14TD
RUSHING: 30 attempts, 248 yards, 8.3 yards per carry, 3TD

During his freshman year in 2018, Rondale Moore put the rest of the country on notice when he piled up nearly 200 offensive yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 touches against then-ranked no. 2 Ohio State University.  From then on, opponents had to know where number 4 was on the field at all times.  The shifty playmaker is a wideout that’s built like a running back.  He’s extremely elusive with the ball in his hands and he can stop on a dime, cut it back, or use elite lateral movement to break ankles and burst into the open field.  By the way he also ran a 4.29 40 at his pro day.  When defenders do finally get a hand on him, he’s tough to bring down and he’ll use his ability to squat 600lbs to carry guys and easily slip tackles.  He’s a little undersized as a receiver, but he’ll fill the slot receiver roll just fine and he’ll get the occasional carry as well.  He also handled return duties which makes him a truly versatile weapon.  Perhaps his only drawback is his lengthy injury history.  He was sidelined most of 2019 with a hamstring injury and an already shortened 2020 season was made even shorter with an unspecified lower body injury.  Moore has been showing out during training camp and preseason and building plenty of chemistry with quarterback Kyler Murray.  It’s tough to draft Rondale Moore outside of leagues with DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green both on the roster for the Cardinals.  He could be a decent late round flier though given AJ Green’s injury history.  

Round 2, Pick 24, 56th overall (Seattle Seahawks): 
D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan University
43 games played
RECEIVING: 121 receptions, 2244 yards, 18.5 yards per catch (ypc), 15TD
RUSHING: 12 attempts, 116 yards, 9.7 yards per carry, 0TD

Eskridge was a 100m state track champion from Indiana and it shows.  One of the first things that jumps out on tape is his explosiveness.  However, opponents shouldn’t be fooled into thinking he’s a one-trick pony. The former Bronco is basically complete package.  He’s a good route runner with a great release.  Stutter-go’s and advanced routes with double moves are all in his route tree. He’s twitchy, explosive and he’s been the motion man and used in fly sweeps and gadget plays.  He’s a natural hands catcher, tracks ball well and makes adjustments so his quarterback and coaches can really utilize his speed.  He works primarily as an outside threat but he can line up anywhere.  The thing that makes Eskridge unique is he also has experience on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback.  Unfortunately at 5’9”, 190lbs, he could be limited to slot work.  He can climb the ladder, but his small size limits his effectiveness in contested catches.  He’s a decent fit in the Seahawks’ school yard brand of football, but he’ll need to get on the same page as Russ and he’ll need a couple of injuries to DK or Lockett to become fantasy-relevant.  This is a dynasty special that can be left on the wire in any other format.  

Round 2, Pick 25, 57th overall (Los Angeles Rams): 
Tutu Atwell, WR, University of Louisville
32 games played
RECEIVING: 139 receptions, 2303 yards, 16.6 yards per catch (ypc), 20TD
RUSHING: 12 attempts, 26 yards, 2.2 yards per carry, 1TD

At 5’9”, 155lbs, Tutu Atwell is one of the lightest, but most explosive playmakers in this year’s draft.  This kid can fly.  He’s a hands catcher who snatches the ball out of the air, but he also tracks deep passes well.  He’s a home run threat whether he catches it on a shallow cross or a dump off and makes plays in traffic or reels in a deep ball, turns on the Jets and houses it.  He’s also been used in motion or on sweeps and misdirection.  However, no one’s perfect.  He does run a limited route tree and calling him undersized is an understatement.  He’s smaller than Tavon Austin, Dexter McCluster and Hollywood Brown.  Teams might wonder if his body can hold up to the physical rigors in the NFL.  Nevertheless, the Rams haven’t had a deep threat since Brandin Cooks departed for Houston.  Cooks used his speed to stretch the field for 80 catches, over 1200 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2018 and helped the Rams to the Super Bowl.  Although Desean Jackson was acquired by the Rams to try and fill this role, Coach McVay probably drafted Atwell to add depth.  While Kupp and Woods are both ahead of Jackson or Atwell in the progression, expect McVay to use creativity and Stafford’s big arm to get the ball to Atwell.  Even so, Atwell remains only a dynasty stash with upside potential. 

Round 2, Pick 27, 59th overall (Carolina Panthers): 
Terrace Marshall, WR, Louisiana State University
28 games played
RECEIVING: 106 receptions, 1594 yards, 15.0 yards per catch (ypc), 23TD
RUSHING: 0 attempts, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Marshall is one of the more underrated receivers in the draft.  He shared the spotlight with last year’s OROTY (offensive rookie of the year) candidate Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase during his time at LSU.  He could’ve been a WR1 on any other team, but the Tigers’ receiving corps was just that talented.  At 6’2”, 205lbs, he’s an explosive size-speed prospect who ran a 4.4 40 and posted a 39” vertical at his pro day.  He’s a physical receiver who can get off press coverage at the line or just run by most DBs if they give him a cushion.  He has great ball skills, makes great adjustments and easily wins contested catches.  He’s also a good vertical threat who tracks the ball well.  However, his history of health concerns caused him to fall.  Nevertheless, he could be the Panthers’ best wideout if he can stay healthy despite sharing the receivers room with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson.  He also reunites with his old offensive coordinator Joe Brady.  He works primarily out of the slot even though he’s built like a big outside threat.  He knows Joe Brady’s system and Joe Brady knows how to use him, which makes him a sneaky late round flier that has middle round upside in most leagues and formats. 

Round 3, Pick 14, 77th overall (Los Angeles Chargers): 
Josh Palmer, WR, University of Tennessee
42 games played
RECEIVING: 99 receptions, 1514 yards, 15.3 yards per catch (ypc), 7TD
RUSHING: 8 attempt, 37 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 1TD

Palmer 6’1”, 210lbs, Palmer is a multi-sport athlete from Canada.  His 4.5 40 and 34” vertical mean he’s not the fastest or most explosive athlete on the field, but he certainly plays bigger than his size.  His track background shows up in his ability to get downfield and make adjustments to passes en route. His basketball background shows up in his ball skill.  He box out, climb the ladder and high point the ball like he’s grabbing a rebound.  He tracks the ball extremely well and he’s physical enough to win contested catches when the ball gets there.  Palmer isn’t a specialist like a vertical burner or a big bodied back shoulder fade red zone target, but he has the size, speed and strength to do it all.  He brought in 4 of his targets for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns against Georgia and went 4 for 57 and a score against Alabama.  He succeeded against the best of the best, but his numbers don’t jump out because of inconsistent quarterback play.  The Chargers stole Palmer when they drafted him in the third round.  Unfortunately, that also means Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are Herbert’s primary targets and Palmer will compete with Jared Cook, Jalen Guyton, and Tyron Johnson for targets.  Palmer is an exceptional football player who can do it all, but he’s a dynasty special who can be left on the wires until mid-season when Allen and Williams typically start dealing with injuries.

UPDATE: Palmer was dealing with a hip flexor during training camp

Round 3, Pick 19, 82nd overall (Washington Football Team): 
Dyami Brown, WR, University of North Carolina
32 games played
RECEIVING: 123 receptions, 2306 yards, 18.7 yards per catch (ypc), 21TD
RUSHING: 1 attempt, 2 yards, 2.2 yards per carry, 0TD

Brown is one of the burners of this year’s crop of receivers.  He ran a 4.4 40 at 6’0”, 189lbs at his pro day.  He averaged 18.7 yards per catch which is up there with Ja’marr Chase (19.6 ypc) and Jaylen Waddle (18.9 ypc).  He also averaged 20 yards per catch during his last 2 seasons as a Tarheel.  Brown’s ability to track the deep ball or use his hands to snag quick passes out of the air are the first things that jump out on tape.  His quarterback hit him on quick crossing routes and deep balls and he’s a home run threat with the ball in his hand.  He can use his quick feet and agility to make defenders miss but he also runs with excellent contact balance and fights for yards after contact like a running back.  He’s elusive and tough to bring down in the open field.  While Brown can use his 36” vertical to go up and get the occasional jump ball, he’s not the biggest player so he doesn’t win a ton of contested catches.  He could also polish his route running.  However, Brown should be a good fit in Washington’s scheme if second year offensive coordinator Scott Turner uses Brown like he used McLaurin. Brown will need to compete with McLaurin, right end Logan Thomas, and newly acquired wideouts Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphreys for targets.  Brown will be another weapon at Fitzmagic’s disposal.  However, Brown could get off to a fast start if Curtis Samuel’s injury history rears its ugly head. 

Round 3, Pick 22, 85th overall (Green Bay Packers): 
Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson University
52 games played
RECEIVING: 181 receptions, 2144 yards, 11.8 yards per catch (ypc), 15TD
RUSHING: 6 attempt, 46 yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 1TD

Rodgers joins a long line of Clemson receivers that includes Mike Williams, Deandre Hopkins, and most recently, Tee Higgins.   At 5’9”, 212lbs, he’s is a receiver in a running back’s body.  He adds a 4.4 40 and a pair of very strong hands to that size speed combo.  He has a great release and strings together a combination of moves in his route running to get his defenders to bite or turn their hips the wrong way.  He also makes great adjustments to haul in passes that are overthrown or thrown behind him.  He’s one of the more explosive, versatile wideouts in this year’s class and he can catch it inside, outside, or out of the backfield.  He has a real chance to immediately become the WR2 in Green Bay and have an immediate fantasy impact. The Packers have not found stability in Lazard, MVS, or St. Brown.  They just need a playmaker which Amari Rodgers is. Rodgers is an excellent late round flier and keeper or dynasty league stash, even with Randall Cobb back in the fold.  It doesn’t matter if he’s catching passes from Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love.  Amari can put up fantasy stats now. 

Round 3, Pick 26, 89th overall (Houston Texans): 
Nico Collins, WR, University of Michigan
27 games played
RECEIVING: 78 receptions, 1388 yards, 17.8 yards per catch (ypc), 13TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

At 6’4”, 215lbs, Collins is the big-bodied physical receiver that teams need.  His 4.44 40 speed and 39” vertical help him separate from coverage and get downfield where he can climb the ladder and win contested catches.  He’s definitely a jump ball contested catch guy who could be a decent red zone target and the new best friend of any young quarterback.  He’s only decent though because he’s basic route runner.  While he does have a pretty good release, he could struggle to uncover on short and intermediate routes due to his lack of technical route running.  He can typically win one on one matchups in contested catch situations, but bracket or double coverage on underneath routes might be more of an issue.  Nevertheless, the deep go routes and back shoulder fades are where Collins can use his speed, size, and ball skill to excel.  While he’s not a complete receiver the Texans just need playmakers right now.  DeAndre Hopkins is in the desert now and The Dolphins are hoping Will Fuller can help maximize Tua’s big arm.  That leaves the oft injured Brandin Cooks and veteran slot receiver Randall Cobb with a lot of targets.  If Deshaun Watson plays this year, the Texans can take advantage of Collins’ speed in addition to his size and contested catch ability.  However, he should still get plenty of use with Tyrod Taylor or Jordan Mills under center.  He’s a decent late-round flier in standard formats.

Round 3, Pick 28, 91st overall (Cleveland Browns): 
Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn University
33 games played
RECEIVING: 117 receptions, 1433 yards, 12.2 yards per catch (ypc), 6TD
RUSHING: 42 attempt, 323 yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 7TD

Schwartz is an explosive, vertical burner with elite speed.  He ran a 4.26 40 at 6’0”, 186lbs and he’ll take the top off of any defense.  He can line up all over the field and use his speed to create separation.  He’s been used in sweeps and as the motion man in the backfield.  His offensive coordinators can basically get the ball in his hands and hope he’ll make a play.  However, there are some things left to be desired as a receiver.  He’s a go route specialist who runs a limited route tree.  He sometimes struggles to make adjustments to the catch and his hands aren’t the best.  However, he should fit right in with the Cleveland Browns who already have OBJ, Landry, Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and tight ends Hooper, Bryant, and Njoku who all have capable hands.  Schwartz will undoubtedly bring a speed element and some depth at the very least to a receiving corps that struggled to stay healthy at times last season.  He could also be used as a change of pace back and a Swiss Army knife who can do it all.  Unfortunately he’s a dynasty special who can be left on the waiver wire due to the number of weapons already on the team.  

UDPATE: Schwartz is currently dealing with a hamstring issue and was held out of the preseason game against the Giants.

Round 4, Pick 4, 109th overall (Tennessee Titans): 
Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, University of Louisville
45 games played
RECEIVING: 154 receptions, 2589 yards, 16.8 yards per catch (ypc), 21TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Fitzpatrick is a good, fundamentally sound receiver.  At 6’2”, 208lbs, he has good size for an outside threat and he runs all the routes.  He’s not the biggest, fastest, or shiftiest receiver, but his ball skill stands out.  His 35” vertical is enough to get up and high point the ball, and his 4.4 40 is fast enough to get downfield and bring in long passes.  He’ll also give a good effort when he tries to fight for extra yards after the catch.  There are highlights of him stiff-arming and twisting his way to gain extra yards, but his play strength could be better.  Luckily play strength and power are things that can improve with training at the pro level.  He has the building blocks to become a star in the NFL.  Unfortunately he was drafted by the Titans who already have some elite receiving talent on their roster.  Julio Jones and Josh Reynolds both have injury histories so Fitzpatrick could start opposite AJ Brown sooner rather than later.  He’s worth taking an early flier on in dynasty re-drafts but owners will need to be patient.  

Round 4, Pick 7, 112th overall (Detroit Lions): 
Amon-Ra St Brown, WR, University of Southern California
30 games played
RECEIVING: 178 receptions, 2270 yards, 12.8 yards per catch (ypc), 16TD
RUSHING: 9 attempt, 69 yards, 7.7 yards per carry, 1TD

Amon-Ra might be one of the more underrated wideouts in this year’s draft. The 6’0” 197lb USC product might be a bit undersized, but he certainly plays bigger than his size.  He isn’t a jump ball specialist, a vertical burner, or an elusive ankle breaker who makes plays after the catch.  Instead, he does everything well.  He can climb the ladder and high point the ball, track the ball and reel in deep passes, and he’s physical enough to out muscle his opponents and win contested catches.  He’s a good route runner who might struggle to uncover sometimes, but he understands leverage and knows how to use his body, ball skill, and strong hands to pull in inaccurate passes.  He should get his shot at a starting job immediately as he joins a Lions roster that  includes Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, and Quintez Cephus as the starting pass catchers along with young TE TJ Hockenson.  In case anyone’s wondering, this is the little brother of the Green Bay Packers’ Equanimeous St Brown.  Amon-Ra could be a sneaky late-round flier that could pay dividends for managers willing to roll the dice on the young playmaker.  

Round 4, Pick 24 129th overall (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 
Jaelon Darden, WR, University of North Texas
47 games played
RECEIVING: 230 receptions, 2782 yards, 12.1 yards per catch (ypc), 38TD
RUSHING: 7 attempt, 27 yards, 3.9 yards per carry, 0TD

Remember those old And 1 basketball mixtapes of guys getting their ankles “broken” because they got crossed over so bad?  Well, this is football, but Jaelon Darden is that ankle breaker.  “Slow feet don’t eat,” and Darden has some of the quickest feet on the field.  His footwork is truly something to behold and it’s a big reason why he’s so elusive.  Sure he tracks the ball well, makes great adjustments to inaccurate passes and uses his strong hands to bring in passes, but his real specialty is making guys miss in the open field.  Darden is a playmaker who can line up inside or outside, use his route running and footwork to create separation, then make guys miss after the catch.  He’s arguably the most elusive receiver in this year’s NFL draft.  The University of North Texas product was a Biletnikoff Award contender, dominated his conference USA opponents and broke records during his time as an Eagle.  Sure, he’s undersized at  5’7”, 175lbs, but criticism about his size has has only created a chip on his shoulder and motivated him through the years.  He also does a good job of avoiding punishment and contact and should get bigger, stronger and faster at the pro level.  The only downside about drafting Darden is the Buccaneers depth chart.  He’ll be competing with Evans, Godwin, Antonio Brown, Scotty Miller, Gronk, Brate, Howard, and even Rojo for targets.  Darden is worth keeping an eye on but he should be drafted only in the deepest of dynasty leagues.  

Round 4, Pick 26, 131st overall (Baltimore Ravens):
Tylan Wallace , WR, Oklahoma State University
37 games played
RECEIVING: 205 receptions, 3434 yards, 16.8 yards per catch (ypc), 26TD
RUSHING: 3 attempt, 13 yards, 4.3 yards per carry, 1TD

Wallace is one of the more physical receivers in this year’s draft.  He’s 6’0”, 194lbs and he knows how to use it.  His play strength is what jumps out on tape first.  He prefers to initiate contact instead of making guys miss.  There are multiple highlights of him stiff-arming opponents or lowering his shoulder to truck them.  He can use his route running to create separation and works in the second level where guys are smaller.  He also tracks the ball well, makes great adjustments and uses his physicality to win contested catches over or around defenders.  Ball skill and strong hands also stand out.  His height and speed could be an issue for some teams looking for bigger, faster, more dominant receivers.  However, he plays bigger than his size, and his 4.5 40 speed is more than adequate to compete at the next level.  The only real downside is that he was drafted by the Ravens.  Greg Roman’s designed plays feature Lamar Jackson who frequently uses the read option.  Talented receivers like Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Devin Duvernay haven’t been targeted consistently enough to be fantasy relevant.  Most Ravens receiving options have been more bust than boom.  Wallace should be left on the wire in all leagues and formats except for the deepest of dynasty leagues.  

Round 4, Pick 36, 141st overall (Los Angeles Rams):
Jacob Harris, WR, University of Central Florida
26 games played
RECEIVING: 49 receptions, 987 yards, 20.1 yards per catch (ypc), 9TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Size and height can’t be taught or coaches.  At 6’5”, Jacob Harris is one of the taller players on the field at any given moment.  He tips the scale at around 220lbs, but he can bulk up to play tight end if he chooses to do so.  In any case, he has the wheels to get downfield and he can bring in a catch over just about any defender.  He posted a sub-4.4 40 and a 40” vertical at his pro day so he can move too.  The thing is he’s still pretty raw as a receiver.  He’s only played the position for 2 years so he still has a lot to learn about the nuances of being a wideout are the next level.  Nevertheless, he has all of the physical attributes to be successful at the next level.  At the very least, he can be a big red zone target and a best friend to any quarterback.  The Rams took Harris in the 4th round of this year’s draft and there’s been chatter about converting him to tight end.  Tyler Higbee has been inconsistent at best, and Gerald Everett has moved to Seattle.  Harris can be left on the wire or taken as a late round flier in dynasty formats only.  However, he could have more fantasy value if he’s listed as both a tight end and a receiver.  

UPDATE: Harris remains on the PUP list after having surgery on a core injury he’s been dealing with.

Round 5, Pick 13, 157th overall (Minnesota Vikings):
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, University of Iowa
43 games played
RECEIVING: 110 receptions, 1615 yards, 14.7 yards per catch (ypc), 14TD
RUSHING: 34 attempt, 274 yards, 8.1 yards per carry, 4TD

Smith-Marsette is one of the shiftier wideouts of this year’s draft class.  He’s not the biggest receiver at 6’1”, 181lbs, but he can use his footwork, ball skill, and ability to adjust to the ball to haul in just about anything thrown his way whether he’s open or not.  He has a number of acrobatic, one-handed catches on his highlight reel and he knows how to make plays after the catch as well.  His numbers suffered partially due to poor or inconsistent quarterback play, but that gave him an opportunity to show off his ability to adjust.  The downside comes with his size.  He’s on the smaller side when it comes to being an outside threat.  He can get bumped off his route and his timing can get thrown off if he works against a larger, more physical corner.  Nevertheless, he’s a smooth route runner who should be able to progress at the pro level.  He joins a Vikings team where Adam Thielen and second year pro Justin Jefferson locked in a starters so he’ll be competing with Chad Beebe, Bisi Johnson, and potentially former Jaguar Dede Westbrook for targets.  Thirty-year-old Thielen is a Viking until 2024, but that could change if he starts slumping.  Smith-Marsette is a dynasty special only at this point, but he could have the potential to develop into a starter in the coming years.  

Round 5, Pick 35, 179th overall (Dallas Cowboys):
Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford University
16 games played
RECEIVING: 62 receptions, 1146 yards, 18.5 yards per catch (ypc), 9TD
RUSHING: 1 attempt, -1 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Simi Fehoki ran a sub-4.4 40 at 6’4”, 222lbs.  This makes him one of the fastest wideouts in this year’s class and therefore one of the best size-speed prospects.  His size and massive 10 1/4” hands help him easily win contested catches.  He can get off the line, burn defensive backs who try to keep up, or overpower smaller defensive backs.  He’s definitely a matchup nightmare and his size borders on tight end territory.  His size also makes him tough to bring down.  Unfortunately he’ll need to win contested catches because he does have trouble separating from defenders at times.  He makes decent adjustments to the catch, but he does have some issues tracking the ball and bringing in the pass when it gets there.  Nevertheless, there are a number of acrobatic catches on his highlight reel.  Sadly it could be a while before Fehoki gets his opportunity.  The Cowboys are deep at wide receiver with Cooper, Gallup, and sophomore Ceedee Lamb.  Tight ends Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz are also talented pass catchers.  Gallup is on the last year of his rookie contract and he may not stay in Dallas.  This means Fehoki could work his way into 3-wide sets.  Fehoki is worth keeping an eye on in dynasty leagues only. 

Round 5, Pick 37, 181st overall (Kansas City Chiefs):
Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson University
39 games played
RECEIVING: 93 receptions, 1211 yards, 13.0 yards per catch (ypc), 10TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

Powell spent most of his Clemson career in the shadow of Mike Williams, Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers and it shows.  He didn’t have a statistically significant season until 2020.  However, he’s a steal in the fifth round.  His 6’0”, 204lb size is more like a running back than a wide receiver and he plays like it.  His play speed is faster than his indicated 4.53 40 time.  He uses his hand fighting to get off of press coverage, and his speed and route running to get downfield and create separation.  He’s a smaller receiver but he can climb the ladder and high point the ball.  He’s physical, shifty, has good play strength and he’s tough to bring down after the catch.  The thing is he ran some pretty basic routes at Clemson and he needs to prove he can consistently produce year over year.  However, there’s a good chance he turns out to be a hidden gem given the lineage of quality wideouts that have come out of Clemson.  Good thing he ends up on a Kansas City Chiefs team that doesn’t ask much of its wide receivers.  Andy Reid will find a way to use Powell’s athleticism and playmaking ability.  However, Powell will sit on the depth chart behind Hill and Hardman.  Kelce and CEH are also talented pass catchers.  Powell is a dynasty league add only who would only have fantasy relevance of Hill and/or Hardman get injured.  

Round 6, Pick 3, 187th overall (Atlanta Falcons):
Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State University
28 games played
RECEIVING: 67 receptions, 1317 yards, 19.7 yards per catch (ypc), 13TD
RUSHING: 1 attempt, 21 yards, 21.0 yards per carry, 0TD

At 6’0”, 201lbs, Darby is an impressive, physical, deep ball receiver.  He averaged nearly 20 yards per catch during his time at Arizona State and he averaged a monstrous 26.0 ypc during his freshman year.  This might make Darby the ultimate boom or bust prospect because that’s where his positives end.  He has 4.5 40 speed which means he’s not that fast, and he’s a body catcher with a high drop rate.  He can use his physicality to separate, but his ball tracking can be inconsistent and route running is pretty basic.  The Falcons don’t really have anyone who can stretch the field like Taylor Gabriel did, so they took a flier on Darby.  Fantasy owners in deeper leagues might want to take a flier on Darby as well.  Julio is now a Titan and Calvin Ridley has an injury history.  That would leave Russell Gage and OROTY candidate Kyle Pitts to handle receiving duties.  Darby would compete with Olamide Zaccheus and Tajae Sharpe for targets.  

Round 6, Pick 19, 203rd overall (Buffalo Bills):
Marquez Stevenson, WR, University of Houston
32 games played
RECEIVING: 147 receptions, 2269 yards, 15.4 yards per catch (ypc), 22TD
RUSHING: 26 attempt, 231 yards, 8.9 yards per carry, 2TD

Marquez Stevenson has wheels, or cartoon legs that look like wheels.  While he ran a 4.45 40, his play speed makes him a true burner.  He’s an explosive, versatile weapon who’s a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.  He has great burst and he uses his experience as a returner to pick his way through traffic and make plays in the open field.  At 5’10” and over 180lbs, he has decent size too.  He can line up all over the field, inside or outside.  He’s also a proven ball carrier who averaged nearly 9 yards per carry during his career at University of Houston.  With all of that said, Stevenson is a pretty basic route runner, but it’s his injury that really brought his stock down.  A broken collarbone, torn ACL, and an ankle injury say he’s not the most durable player in a sport where the best ability is availability.  Luckily he’s a system fit in Buffalo where he’ll pair up with Josh Allen’s cannon to produce some explosive downfield plays.  The Bills signed Emmanuel Sanders and probably drafted Stevenson in hopes that either of them would be able to torch opposing defenses.  Nevertheless, the Bills depth chart is deep at receiver but Sanders might be worth a late round flier in dynasty leagues only.  

UPDATE: Stevenson suffered a foot/ankle injury that required an X-ray. 

Round 6, Pick 20, 204th overall (Carolina Panthers):
Shi Smith, WR, University of South Carolina
42 games played
RECEIVING: 174 receptions, 2204 yards, 12.7 yards per catch (ypc), 13TD
RUSHING: 9 attempt, 14 yards, 1.6 yards per carry, 0TD

At 5’10”, 190lbs, Shi Smith is a good size for a slot receiver.  He creates separation with his route running and works primarily as a possession receiver on underneath routes.  His numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page because he was a possession receiver, but he was pretty reliable.  He’s physical, durable, and a willing blocker in the run game as well.  However, he’s given a free release most of the time working out of the slot.  He’s not that big, fast, or explosive.  His catch radius is small, he doesn’t adjust well to inaccurate passes, and he has suffered from drops.  All of these things make him an interesting project for Matt Rhule and the Panthers’ offense.  He’ll work behind starters Robby Anderson and DJ Moore, and he’ll compete with fellow rookie Terrace Marshall for targets.  Smith is a dynasty target that should be left on the wire until late in dynasty drafts or not drafted at all.

Round 6, Pick 21, 205th overall (Tennessee Titans):
Racey McMath, WR, Louisiana State University
18 games played
RECEIVING: 33 receptions, 522 yards, 15.8 yards per catch (ypc), 4TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

McMath had the unfortunate situation of living in the shadows of Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall.  At 6’2”, 211lbs, he’s an intriguing size-speed prospect after posting a 4.34 40 at his pro day.  He’s a decent route runner who can use his body to box out smaller defensive backs.  He has good play strength when he runs his routes and he’s tough to bring down after the catch.  He also makes decent adjustments to inaccurately throw balls, but placement should’ve been stellar with Joe Burrow slinging it.  However, NFL teams will need him to prove he can be a difference maker and contributor consistently.  He brought in just 33 targets for 522 yards and 4 scores in just 18 games over 3 years.  Good wideouts at the pro level post that in a half a season.  He was underutilized due to a combination of factors, but teams need to see more either way.  He’ll sit behind AJ Brown, Julio Jones, and Josh Reynolds and will fight for targets with fellow rookie Dez Fitzpatrick.  His chance could come sooner rather than later though since Julio and Reynolds both have injury histories.  Nevertheless, McMath is worth a flier toward the end of most dynasty leagues only.   

Round 6, Pick 25th, 209th overall (Jacksonville Jaguars):
Jalen Camp, WR, Louisiana State University
20 games played
RECEIVING: 46 receptions, 786 yards, 17.1 yards per catch (ypc), 5TD
RUSHING: 1 attempt, 3 yards, 3.0 yards per carry, 0TD

Camp ran a 4.43 40 and posted a 39.5” vertical along with 30 reps on his bench press at his pro day.  That makes him an intriguing size-speed prospect at 6’2”, 220lbs.  His ball skill, catch radius and adjustments are the first things that jump out on tape.  He also has good play strength as seen on his tape.  He can track and run underneath balls and he does a decent job of coming back on his routes when his quarterback is in trouble.  The thing is he’s still pretty raw as a route runner and needs do a better job of getting in and out of his breaks.  In addition, his production was pretty limited during his time at Georgia Tech so he’ll need to produce more consistently and stack a few good practices to earn more time on the field.  Unfortunately he joins a Jaguars team that has some decent talent.  DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault and Marvin Jones are the presumed starters which means Camp will compete with the likes of Phillip Dorsett and Jamal Agnew for targets.  Camp is should be left on the wire in all formats except in the deepest of dynasty leagues where he’s worth a late round dart throw. 

Round 6, Pick 27th, 211th overall (Cleveland Browns):
Demetric Felton, WR, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
31 games played
RECEIVING: 99 receptions, 958 yards, 9.7 yards per catch (ypc), 8TD
RUSHING: 233 attempt, 1101 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 7TD

Felton is a playmaker, plain and simple.  He played wideout for most of his career at UCLA and switched to running back during his senior year.  He had roughly just as much production on the ground as he did through the air.  He also handled kick return duties.  He had it all and he did it all.  The thing is he was a jack of all trades and a master of none.  He wasn’t the best route runner or pass catcher as a wideout, nor was he the most physical, punishing, dominant runner.  His overall movement as far as agility, downhill running, and yards after contact are pretty average.  He’s an intriguing prospect because of his versatility, playmaking ability, and contributor as a special teamer.  However, the Browns are loaded with talent at both the running back and wide receiver positions, which means touches for Felton might be few and far in between.  He can be left on the wire in all leagues and formats.  

Round 6, Pick 35th, 219th overall (Denver Broncos):
Seth Williams, WR, Auburn University
33 games played
RECEIVING: 132 receptions, 2124 yards, 16.1 yards per catch (ypc), 17TD
RUSHING: 0 attempt, 0 yards, 0 yards per carry, 0TD

At 6’3”, 211lbs, Seth Williams should be an absolute monster.  He’s a classic, big-bodied wideout who’s a great red zone target which can be quarterback-friendly.  He makes great adjustments, climb the ladder and high-point the ball, and he does a decent job of winning contested catches.  He’s also a physical receiver with good play strength and he can use his hands to uncover during his routes.  The problem is he lacks heart and it shows up on tape.  His routes can look lazy or half-hearted at times if he knows he’s not getting the ball.  This jumps out to coaches even more at the pro level and this clearly caused his draft stock to fall.  He’ll need to put together more consistent performances and show he can perform even when he’s buried on the depth chart.  He will be buried as a Bronco because he’ll fight Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Noah Fant for targets.  Keep an eye on Williams throughout training camp.  He might not even make the roster if he gets cut so he shouldn’t be drafted in anything other than the deepest of dynasty leagues.  

Round 6, Pick 37th, 221st overall (Chicago Bears):
Dazz Newsome, WR, University of North Carolina
43 games played
RECEIVING: 188 receptions, 2435 yards, 13.0 yards per catch (ypc), 18TD
RUSHING: 20 attempt, 178 yards, 8.9 yards per carry, 2TD

Good size, good speed, good agility.  These are the words that describe 5’11” 190lb Dazz Newsome.  He’s a playmaker both on offense and as a special teams returner.  He has the vision and burst to weave in and out of traffic and he’s a home run threat every time he touches the football.  Unfortunately Newsome’s quarterback will need to be accurate because Newsome tends to be a body catcher.  He’s also a deep route burner and specialist who occasionally catches the ball in space.  He’s also been used on sweeps, reverses and motions as a gadget guy.  Nevertheless, Newsome can do some serious damage with the right quarterback in the right system.  The Bears took Newsome late in the draft because they needed help at returner with the departure of Cordarelle Patterson and the possibility of Tarik Cohen being sidelined the entire year.  Fellow rookie Justin Fields has a strong arm and throws an accurate deep ball.  Newsome is buried in the depth chart behind Robinson, Mooney, Goodwin, and a few others, but he should make the roster as a special teams contributor.  He’s worth a late round flier in dynasty leagues only.  

UPDATE: Newsome suffered a broken collarbone during training camp and has been placed on the Bears’ pup list. 

REDSHIRTS: Tee Higgins might be gone by the middle rounds.  Justin Jefferson might fall due to his training camp injury.  However, there’s plenty of value in the middle to late rounds with wideouts that may have had a rough start to their pro careers last year. 

CEEDEE LAMB, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb might be the most talented, athletic receiver in the 2020 draft class.  Unfortunately he joined a receivers room that already featured Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. The Cowboys tight ends are also talented targets and their running backs can also catch it out of the backfield.  Lamb struggled to get things going with so much talent surrounding him.  Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury and an offensive line that struggled in pass protection didn’t help much either.  Nevertheless, he’s still arguably the best wideout out on the team as he produced 74 catches for 935 yards and 5 receiving touchdowns even with the struggles at quarterback and the mess that was the Cowboys passing game.  His ceiling is much higher than his statistics suggest and he should be drafted as such.  He could get additional targets if Amari Cooper (ankle)  isn’t 100% when the season starts.  He’s a bargain who could go as early as the middle rounds in 12 team leagues, but getting him after round 7 is a steal.  Potential owners should draft him with caution though.  The Cowboys’ quarterback situation could be in flux with Dak struggling with shoulder and ankle issues.  

JERRY JEUDY, Denver Broncos
Jeudy’s situation was probably worse than Lamb’s.  Jeudy also split targets with Hamler, Patrick, Hamilton, Fant, and Melvin Gordon.  Wideout Cortland Sutton suffered a season-ending injury early in the 2020 season but will be returning to give Jeudy more competition.  Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien started for Drew Lock after Lock suffered an injury early in the season.  The overall situation for Jerry Jeudy was not ideal to start his NFL career and he brought in just 52 of his targets for 856 yards and 3 touchdowns as a result.  However, his numbers jumped in the second half of the season after he was moved to the outside.  Hopefully quarterback play will be improved as well.  In any case, Jeudy is easily the most complete receiver in Denver and he should continue to improve as the season goes along.  1000 yards and 9 touchdowns is not out of the question.  He can be drafted as high as the 6th round, but he’s a bit of a reach that early since Sutton could take away targets.

BRANDON AIYUK, San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk’s success came at the expense of high ankle sprains to Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr, Kwon Alexander, K’waun Williams, and a number of other teammates.  Deebo Samuel was sidelined multiple weeks with a hamstring which opened the door for Aiyuk to pile up 60 catches for 748 yards and 5 touchdowns.  The 49ers have a history of health issues as a team which makes Aiyuk a low floor high ceiling guy.  If Kittle and Deebo are both back in the mix, Aiyuk could see some pretty pedestrian numbers similar to or worse than his 2020 campaign. However, he’ll be heavily targeted if the 49ers targets can’t stay healthy. Aiyuk could be taken as early as the middle rounds in 12 team leagues.  

CHASE CLAYPOOL, Pittsburgh Steelers
At 6’4”, 238lbs, Claypool is certainly a size-speed prospect.  He could play a hybrid tight end if he packed on a few more pounds and he ran a 4.42 40 at the 2020 Combine.  His big break came in week 5 against the Eagles last year when he hauled in 7 of his 11 targets for 110 yards and three touchdowns.  He was a bit streaky and inconsistent and his performance definitely trailed off at the end of the season partially due to poor pass protection.  He averaged roughly 6.4 targets per game so he’s a bit boom or bust, but he’s a great mid round dart throw given his size, athleticism, and playmaking ability.  Potential owners should be careful though.  The Steelers’ offensive line was one of the worse in the league and Big Ben’s arm isn’t what it used to be.  

UPDATE: Claypool went down with a lower body injury during practice that didn’t appear to be serious, but his status should continue to be monitored.

DARNELL MOONEY, Chicago Bears
The last great Chicago Bear to come out of Tulane was Matt Forte.  They may have found another big time talent in Darnell Mooney.  The fifth round pick didn’t start coming on until the second half of the season and he was targeted at least 5 times or more in 6 of the Bears’ last 8 games.  He brought in 5 of his 11 targets against Tennessee and 11 of his 13 targets in the season finale.  The 5’11” 177lb playmaker caught the eye of head coach Nagy after fellow wideout Anthony Miller failed to pan out.  Mooney is a decent route runner who can really stretch the field with his speed and he can go up and get it when he needs to.  His target share could take a hit with the return of Tarik Cohen. He brought in 61 of his targets for 631 yards and 4 scores and he’s worth a late round flier in deep leagues.

HENRY RUGGS, Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs is the OG Jaylen Waddle.  Head coach John Gruden loves speed and he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to add a burner to his roster.  He and the Raiders needed someone who could stretch the field like Tyreek Hill, who the Raiders play twice a year.  Ruggs turned on the jets the first time the Raiders and Chiefs met last season, bringing in 2 of his 3 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown.  That’s right.  He averaged 59 yards per catch.  Unfortunately he was the ultimate boom or bust player since he was targeted less than 3 times per game last year.  Unfortunately it could be more of the same this year.  Fellow second year wideout Bryan Edwards has been the training camp and preseason standout.  Derek Carr has stated that he trusts Bryan Edwards and Darren Waller remains one of Carr’s top targets.  This could leave Ruggs as the odd man out and makes him nothing more than a dart throw.

GABRIEL DAVIS, Buffalo Bills
Davis became a bit of a touchdown-dependent boom or bust prospect who got his NFL career moving during during the second half of last year when injuries to the Bills’ receiving options opened a door of opportunity.  He brought in 35 of his 62 targets for 599 yards and 5 touchdowns as a result.  The 6’2”, 210lb 4th round pick out of the University of Central Florida was a value pick in a deep class of wideouts and provided a capable, reliable target that paired well with Josh Allen’s arm and ability to improvise plays.  He caught just 4 passes for 85 yards in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Colts last year but those catches were the ones that moved the chains and kept the drive alive when the Bills needed them most.  Davis is a capable playmaker who should continue to get better as he gets more experience at the pro level.  Fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders has been in and out of practice with a foot injury during training camp and preseason which could make Gabriel an excellent late round flier in leagues of 12 teams or more. 

MICHAEL PITTMAN, Indianapolis Colts
At 6’4”, 223lbs, Pittman is a big bodied receiver who was a bit of a disappointment last year.  He posted just 40 catches for 503 yards and a touchdown on 61 targets.  Coach Frank Reich went with a run-heavy approach and tried to get his tight ends and receivers T.Y. Hilton and Zac Pascal going on deep shots instead.  This leaves Pittman as the odd man out because he’s not speedy enough to get downfield for the deep shots that Reich likes to take in his system.  Pittman will probably continue to be a touchdown dependent red zone target that can be taken late, but is probably better off left on the wire especially given the QB situation in Indy. 

BRYAN EDWARDS, Oakland Raiders
Bryan Edwards has been generating a lot of buzz around training camp.  Coach Gruden even compared him to Terrell Owens!  The big bodied 6’3”, 212lb wideout brought in just 11 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown before being sidelined by an injury early last season.  An injury sidelined Darren Waller early in camp which gave Edwards an opportunity to showcase his skills.  He’s certainly seized the opportunity by making play after play during training camp.  He’s currently listed as the starter opposite Henry Ruggs and he could get a pretty heavy workload this year.  Waller will be the primary receiving target, but Edwards could surprise to the upside.  Edwards is a decent late round lotto ticket. 

DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES, Cleveland Browns
DPJ had a slow start to the season, but definitely picked it up toward the last few games of his rookie campaign.  With OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Rasheed Higgins all sidelined, it was the Michigan product who stepped up and built a rapport with Baker Mayfield.  He brought in 14 of his 20 targets for 304 yards and nearly 22 yards per catch.  He’s a big bodied, physical wideout with plenty of speed and he can dominate opposing defensive backs. He’s an intriguing late round pick in redraft or dynasty leagues because of the injury histories of Browns receivers.  


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